Prior to 1905 North-western Canada was all one territory. However, at the beginning of the 20th century Saskatchewan experienced a rapid growth in population due to the vast number of European settlers immigrating to Canada. By becoming a province in 1905, it allowed Saskatchewan to receive funding, as well as loans, from the federal government. Without this financial support, the area would not have been able to keep up with the demand for infrastructure needed as a result of the increased population. As well as the financial benefits of becoming a province, this meant that Saskatchewan now had political control of local issues.